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 By Mary Koppes    News    September 18, 2014 

Kake power intertie features at SE Conference

A Kake-Petersburg Intertie (KPI) project update was given during this week's Southeast Conference held in Wrangell. The KPI includes a proposed electrical transmission line that would connect Kake to a SEAPA (Southeast Alaska Power Agency) substation... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    September 18, 2014 

SE pink harvest higher than projected

Fishermen are ending this summer's pink salmon season 10 million over the projected harvest. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game's (ADFG) harvest forecast was 22 million pinks and fishermen hauled in 32 million. Sitka-based ADFG biologist Dan... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    September 18, 2014 

September proves to be a big month for small business changes

While one Main Street business closed its doors this month, two other businesses celebrated a small-business merger of sorts just down the road. Main Street shoppers said goodbye to Brenda Norheim's...

 By Mary Koppes    News    September 18, 2014 

PFD doubles last year's amount

The Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) will be $1,884 this year, more than double last year's amount. According to a press release issued by Gov. Sean Parnell, 510,721 Alaskan's will have the funds deposited directly into their bank accounts and another...

 By Mary Koppes    News    September 18, 2014 

State will fund SAT testing for all high school juniors

In their first regular board meeting since the school year kicked off, Petersburg school board members on Tuesday discussed new state-required college assessment testing, changes to the advanced placement (AP) grading scale at the high school, and...

 By Mary Koppes    News    September 11, 2014

SEAPA approves rebates, Whitman Lake agreement

At their regular board meeting last week in Ketchikan, Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA) approved rebates to member utilities, discussed the progress of the Swan Lake expansion project and approved the Whitman Lake True Up Agreement. “We did... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    September 11, 2014

Humane Association working to build stand-alone shelter

The Petersburg Humane Association (PHA) is doing a big push to raise funds for its first stand-alone animal shelter. The organization was established 15 years ago in Petersburg to shelter stray cats... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    September 11, 2014

H&W remodel makes way for more organics

The Hammer and Wikan grocery store is undergoing a remodel that will open up the front of the store and add more organic produce and natural and Asian food products. General Manager Larry Martin said... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    September 11, 2014

School officials advise parents on head lice, one case reported

A case of head lice was reported at the elementary school last week. “It is likely that this is an isolated incident,” Elementary School Principal Erica Kludt Painter said in a districtwide email. Kludt Painter asked parents to do their part to...

 By Mary Koppes    Sports    September 11, 2014

Volleyball Vikings keep Juneau-Douglas on their toes

Petersburg High School's volleyball girls continued to hone their skills against 4A Juneau-Douglas at home last Friday and Saturday. After losing two star varsity players from last year, Kylie...

 By mary koppes and Dan Rudy    News    September 11, 2014

Thomas Bay Power Commission reviews its role

Petersburg and Wrangell's representative of the Thomas Bay Power Commission (TBPC) met Tuesday morning via teleconference to discuss the commission's future role. The TPBC is the acting body for the Thomas Bay Power Authority (TBPA) that was...

 By Mary Koppes    News    September 4, 2014

Weaver indicted on two counts in explosives case

Mark Weaver, 59, was indicted by a Grand Jury in U.S. District Court on two counts of Possession of Unregistered Destructive Devices in conjunction with an explosion at the Petersburg rock quarry July 13. He was arrested Aug. 27 in Tacoma, Wash.... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    September 4, 2014

Runners make their mark at Petersburg's first half-marathon

Seventeen runners, including two teams of two, and four walkers participated in Petersburg's first ever Rainforest Run half marathon on Labor Day. The sounding of a conch shell marked the start of the... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    September 4, 2014

The ladies of Lee's Clothing look back on 45 years

Lee's Clothing has had a main street presence for decades. In fact, owner Roxy Lee and her daughters and store managers Cynthia Lee Mathisen and Heidi Lee are celebrating 45 years of business this... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    September 4, 2014

PMC has break-even year and clean audit

The Petersburg Medical Center (PMC) hospital board meeting last week covered many topics, several of which revolved around financials as the center received their annual audit and a financial report indicating a break-even year for the fiscal year...

 By Mary Koppes    News    September 4, 2014

PMC will pursue Trauma IV designation

Petersburg Medical Center (PMC) board members unanimously approved a resolution supporting the establishment of a Level IV trauma center. Members of the Trauma Committee at PMC will now pursue the designation given by the Alaska Division of Public...

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 28, 2014

7th annual Rainforest Festival brings stars to town

The 7th annual Rainforest Festival kicks off next week. There are many highlights this year including a portable planetarium for viewing a projection of the night sky indoors and the first ever Rain... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 28, 2014

Work continues on the Drive Down dock

The Drive Down dock project is on schedule and workers are driving piling and assembling steel components this month. The three-phase project is well into the second phase now, which includes... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 28, 2014

Three suspects involved with local burglary case

Police apprehended one suspect and are investigating two others in conjunction with the burglary of a Petersburg home last Tuesday. Officers arrived on the scene after a neighbor reported two individuals breaking into an E. Lansing Street home,...

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 28, 2014

Assembly sends letter urging more stringent review of KSM mine

The Petersburg Borough Assembly unanimously approved a motion to send a letter to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) urging them to elevate the federal assessment for the KSM (Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell) mine project to the panel...

 By Mary Koppes    Dockside    August 28, 2014

Relocation efforts help sockeye salmon reach escapement goal

Efforts by the Canadian agency Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) to relocate salmon across a barrier created by a landslide in late May are helping sockeye salmon reach escapement goals. DFO began relocating sockeye and Chinook salmon via helicopter...

 By Suzanne Ashe and Mary Koppes    News    August 21, 2014

18 candidate vacancies remain on Oct. ballot

There is still time to register for one of the 18 remaining candidate positions before the deadline Tuesday. There are 37 positions total to fill on the Oct. 7 ballot. There have been no new filings for Borough Assembly since last week. Two 2-year... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 21, 2014

Letter to Mental Health will ask for suspension of Papke's land sale

The Petersburg Borough Assembly unanimously voted at Monday's meeting to send a letter to the Petersburg Mental Health Land Trust asking them to postpone the sale of three land parcels near Papke's... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 21, 2014

ADOT officials present transportation plan, face scrutiny from residents

Representatives from the Alaska Department of Transportation (ADOT&PF) gave a public presentation on their long-range transportation plan for Southeast Alaska last Wednesday. The presentation was followed by a public comment period, which centered... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 21, 2014

Petersburg voters diverge with state on Measure No. 1

The primary election wrapped up Tuesday evening and Petersburg voters aligned with the state in all but two contests. The biggest difference between state and local voters was seen in Measure No. 1....


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